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NCEA students.

Learn more about the NCEA change programme, and find out the latest news.

In 2018, the Minister of Education, Honourable Chris Hipkins oversaw the NCEA Review.

Over 16,000 people engaged directly in the process.

Those studying towards an NCEA qualification – both New Zealand and international students – will benefit from these changes. They will gain skills and knowledge suitable for either further education or employment.

NCEA Change programme

In May 2019, the Minister of Education announced the NCEA Change Package, a package of seven changes that will strengthen NCEA for all students.

The seven changes are:

  1. Make NCEA more accessible
  2. Equal status for mātauranga Māori in NCEA
  3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements and assessments
  4. Fewer, larger standards
  5. Simplify NCEA’s structure
  6. Clearer pathways to further education or work
  7. Keep NCEA Level 1 optional.

Key highlights for 2021 include:

  • thirty secondary schools and kura testing the new Māori Performing Arts subject at all NCEA levels and for University Entrance
  • a draft of Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau (Literacy and Numeracy) standards being piloted in Terms 3 and 4.

Teachers and students must continue to use existing standards and resources until they expire and new standards are registered.